Question: I am writing an article on God’s chastisement (as part of my upcoming book on teachableness). In A.W. Pinks “Exposition of Hebrews” he speaks of an error which he says “has become quite common in certain quarters”: namely “that God views His people so completely in Christ that He sees no sin in them.”
The implication is that since God cannot see sin in us, it is not HE who chastises us. (contra Heb. 12:6)
He quotes Num. 23:21 (“He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness in Israel” ) and Song of Solomon 4:7 (“Thou art all fair, My love; there is no spot in thee”).
He also jumps to the New Testament to add “The testimony of Scripture is most express that in regard to the justification or acceptance of the persons of the elect, they are “complete in Him”—Christ (Col. 2:10); “accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:6)—washed in Christ’s blood, clothed with His righteousness.”
Now Pink is speaking AGAINST this position, but I am wondering: …are there people who seriously believe this today? (That God CANNOT see sin in us because he sees us so completely in Christ).
Or was this just some aberrant theology that was only present in Pink’s day. (b-1886 : d-1952)
Or I am just so naive and blind to not see that there are people who hold this position today?
I am considering discussing this in the article on chastisement, but it seems like such a non-issue today that it would be pointless to address it.
Any help/thoughts on this?